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Shop Talk: Busy Cycle in Tarheel State

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Former Rep. Robin Hayes, seen here in 2000, will lead the North Carolina Republican Party as President Barack Obama attempts to win the Tarheel State a second time.

Sevugan, a lawyer and former New York teacher who was raised in the Chicago area, was a senior spokesman on President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. In previous cycles, Sevugan served as communications director for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's 2006 campaign and policy director for Tim Kaine's Virginia gubernatorial campaign in 2005.

"I look forward to working with well-meaning people of all political stripes," Sevugan said in a statement, adding that education policy has been a "driving motivation" for his career as a Democrat.

"As a former teacher, I know that the challenges facing our educators are great," he said. "I look forward to working to ensure that our teachers have the support they need to do what's right by our students ... [and] to working to lift these teachers up, and ensuring that every student has an excellent teacher in his or her classroom."

Live Long at Prosper

Republican pollster and strategist Tyler Harber recently joined Prosper Group as a partner. Harber's experience includes more than a decade at top GOP polling firms Public Opinion Strategies and Wilson Research Strategies (now Wilson Perkins Allen Research).

"Tyler brings significant experience, strong contacts and considerable talents to our company," Prosper Group President Kristen Luidhardt said. "His consulting pedigree is exceptional, allowing him to leverage his vast network of contacts into a significant expansion of our client base."

Prosper Group also recently announced the additions of Dan Huber as Web project manager, Rachel Pecor as voter contact specialist and Jarrett Ray as account manager.

The Prosper Group provides online strategy, telephone voter contact and general consulting to campaigns, political organizations and public affairs clients. It worked on dozens of campaigns last cycle, including the Senate campaigns of Republican Sharron Angle in Nevada and GOP Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Dan Coats (Ind.).

RNC's Regional Strategists

The Republican National Committee has new regional political directors for the 2012 cycle. They are Chris Carr in the Western region, Jessica Ennis in the Southeastern region, John Gibson in the Northeastern region and Mark Jefferson in the Midwestern region.

Carr served as the Nevada GOP executive director, Ennis worked for the North Carolina GOP, Gibson for the Maryland GOP and Jefferson for the Wisconsin GOP, where now-RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was chairman.

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